As the weather warms up, so do people’s moods and overall sense of well being. Summer is a time for rest, relaxation and time off from work and school. Families may save all year round for two weeks away from the hustle and bustle of their busy lives. But the danger of over exposure to the sun is still an issue that should concern people enough to take notice. How can you enjoy the warmer, sunnier days without getting too much exposure to the sun’s harmful rays?
1. Plan your excursions carefully
If you are planning on booking a package holiday with sight seeing tours included, then you may want to reconsider the times of the tours. The sun is at its hottest around 11:00am-2:00pm. So if you are planning to visit sights of interest, consider going earlier or later on when the sun will not be so harsh.
2. Overcast days
Some people believe that they are safe from the harmful affects of the sun on overcast days. But that is not true. For example, if you visit Colorado, you will be at a high elevation. That means that even if the day is overcast, it is still possible to suffer from sunburn, as there is even less protection from the sun at such a high elevation. Sunscreen will still need to be applied. The nose and forehead are areas that can catch a lot of sun.
As a child, I used to believe that if I was swimming in the ocean sunscreen was not necessary. But seawater is no protection against the sun’s harmful rays. They can easily penetrate through water and burn you. It is not easy to detect early signs of sunburn while your body is submerged, as you will feel cool, but once you re-emerge you will be in pain. Always apply sunscreen whether you are in the water, sunbathing or even just taking a walk from your hotel into town.
4. Sun protection
Young children need to be protected against the sun too. Their skin is more delicate and fair children can burn quickly. They should wear a hat, sunglasses, a high SPF (sun protection factor) sunscreen and drink plenty of water, to help them avoid the affects of dehydration. Too many carbonated drinks or sweet snacks will only make them more thirsty, so these should be kept to a minimum. Young children cannot understand the harmful affects of the sun can, so it is up to responsible adults to care for their needs. Parents should also be mindful of where their children play. If they are building sand castles on a beach, they could be playing in direct sunlight. A shaded area is a better option. A simple umbrella will screen them and it will not take away from their enjoyment.
Sunbathing is a very popular pastime, especially for older children and adults. But it will bake the body. Even if you wear a high SPF sunscreen, it will need to be re-applied frequently to be able to provide adequate protection. Even lightly tanned skin has still been burned to a degree. Repeated sunbathing will only increase the chances of skin cancer later on in life. A safer alternative is a fake tan. They come in many varieties, such as sprays and creams.
Summertime is a time to enjoy the longer days and spend time with family and friends. But do not forget to take care of your skin. Sunburned skin will lose some of its elasticity over time and it will age prematurely.